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Journalist leaves court having to pay £237 for journey for online publication

A man claiming to be an online journalist travelling for work has had to pay out £237 following an appearance at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that on 10.04.2020 Mr Shaun John Pope of Dan y Bryn, Evanstown, Gilfach Goch was on the  A470 Llanwrthwl, between Newbridge and Rhayader , without reasonable excuse, during the emergency period, left or remained away from the place where he was living, in that he travelled 76 miles from his home as a journalist for an online publication, Drivetribe and did not have any other reasonable excuse for being in that location. Contrary to regulations 8(1) and 12(1)(b) & (4) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Pope pleaded guilty to the offence.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £32 and costs of £85.00.

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